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September 16, 2004
BASEBALL: Mets at Bay

The invaluable Jason Mastaitis reminds me of something I either hadn't known or had forgotten (unsurprising, given how poorly I follow the lower minor leagues): Jason Bay used to be a Mets farmhand until he was traded in the deal that brought in Steve Reed to throw 26 innings in the all-important 2002 stretch drive. Could the Mets use a 25-year-old outfielder who makes $305,000 and has career averages of .293/.563/.382?

Don't answer that.

I also agree with Mastaitis that Wally Backman sounds like he would be a fine choice to replace Art Howe.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:01 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Backman (or “that little redneck” as Darryl Strawberry liked to call him) does sound like a good choice.

Certainly better than Bowa and almost certainly better than Gary Carter.

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at September 16, 2004 11:36 AM

I know just how you feel, my neck of the woods, we still shudder when we hear the words "Brian Giles for Ricardo Rincon."

Posted by: Ken Hall at September 16, 2004 4:10 PM

Glad I could so usefully remind you of such painful events. They certainly seem to be in ample supply these days. *sigh*

Hooray football!

Posted by: Jay at September 16, 2004 7:23 PM

Look for Backman, Howard Johnson (AA Binghamton Mets hitting instructor) or Kent Oberkfell (former Cardinal AA Mets manager) to take over in 2005.

Posted by: Jersey Matt at September 21, 2004 1:59 PM

Bull market for short guys with mustaches?

I guess in the managing business there always is.

Posted by: The Crank at September 21, 2004 2:34 PM
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